Patrols will be on look out for intoxicated drivers

The Beaverton Police Department will participate in a National Traffic Safety Campaign, focusing on getting impaired drivers off the road during Memorial Day weekend.

This enforcement effort will run from Saturday through Tuesday.

During this time, the Beaverton Police Department will have officers out on focused patrols for impaired drivers.

"The goal of this campaign was to save lives and educate the motoring public about the dangers of driving impaired," said Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway, Beaverton police spokesman. "Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives, and often will result in jail time.

"The men and women of the Beaverton Police Department ask you to please think about this before you operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol or using any other substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle."

Impaired driving is not an accident, he added. "It is an intentional and willing act that you have control over."

Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually. In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes — that is equivalent to one every 51 minutes.

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